Elizabeth Kolbert


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Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

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The Sixth Extinction: An Un...

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Field Notes from a Catastro...

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The Best American Science a...

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The Prophet of Love: And Ot...

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“Though it might be nice to imagine there once was a time when man lived in harmony with nature, it’s not clear that he ever really did.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

“A sign in the Hall of Biodiversity offers a quote from the Stanford ecologist Paul Ehrlich: IN PUSHING OTHER SPECIES TO EXTINCTION, HUMANITY IS BUSY SAWING OFF THE LIMB ON WHICH IT PERCHES.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

“To argue that the current extinction event could be averted if people just cared more and were willing to make more sacrifices is not wrong, exactly; still, it misses the point. It doesn’t much matter whether people care or don’t care. What matters is that people change the world. This capacity predates modernity,”
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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May is non-fiction month, specifically archaeology, anthropology, etc. I recently acquired two books I really want to read. The Sixth Extinction and After the Ice. They're both supposed to be really good, but After the Ice is 500 pages! But don't let that dissuade you. Vote for your choice. If the longer book wins, we can extend into June if we have to. June is SciFi month and we could do a shorter book for that...and May does have five Tuesdays. Okay, so last day to vote is Monday, April 9.

After the Ice After the Ice A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC by Steven Mithen Steven Mithen
 
  3 votes, 75.0%

The Sixth Extinction The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert Elizabeth Kolbert
 
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